Local News

Friday, September 5, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The strong showing of volunteers for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley "Day of Caring" this morning sends a signal to the rest of the community that this is a cause worth supporting, say the co-chairmen of this year's United Way campaign. "There are a huge number of volunteers that are going to do work on the north side of Youngstown," said Chris Muransky, co-chairwoman of the United Way's campaign along with her husband, businessman Ed Muransky. "That will bring a lot of focus...

Friday, September 5, 2014

RAVENNA, Ohio -- London-based Johnson Matthey has purchased Catacel Corp., a high-tech company established here in 2001. Terms were not disclosed. Catacel supplies a wide range of industries technology centered on the use of metal foil-coated catalysts and sorbents. Its products include high-heat-transfer catalyst technology for hydrogen and syngas production and fuel processing systems for stationary fuel cells. The company was profiled this March as part of The Business Journal’s Trending: TechBelt series (READ STORY). Johnson Matthey, a specialty chemicals company...

Friday, September 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Turning Technologies announced Thursday that it plans to work with Pearson, a multi-platform educational services company based in London, and use that company's Schoolnet assessment platform in conjunction with Turning's Insight360 software in K-12 classrooms. Through Schoolnet, Turning software will be able to deliver educational management tools that include assessments, performance data, benchmarks, and standards-based curricula. "We understand the value of Schoolnet in K-12 classrooms and the importance data places in fueling decisions made...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s chairman, following a closed-door meeting with the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners and port authority staff, promised “positive things” coming from the agency in the next few weeks. Ron Klingle, who took over as chairman in May, offered few details on Thursday’s meeting at the commissioners’ administrative offices, which lasted nearly two hours. Mahoning County Commissioners David Ditzler, Anthony Traficanti and Carol Rimedio-Righetti voted to hold...

Friday, September 5, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- PNC Equipment Finance, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., has created a Structured Finance Solutions group, Rich Doherty, president of the subsidiary, announced Thursday. The in-house group will provide strategic services and creative solutions to large corporations, midsize companies and government entities involved in complex financial transactions, Doherty said. The group will focus on the energy, transportation, manufacturing, media, municipal and infrastructure sectors. PNC Equipment Finance, which the holding company describes as...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning County Board of Commissioners this morning filled the final open slot on the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors, naming David Mosure to the board. Today’s appointment of Mosure, who is vice president of MS Consultants Inc. in Youngstown, follows Trumbull County Commissioners’ recent appointments of businessman Sam Covelli and attorney David Detec to the WRPA board. Mosure’s appointment will run through Dec. 31, 2016. He will fill the unexpired term of Richard...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber reports it has completed development projects totaling $120 million through the first eight months of the year, and $1.37 billion worth of projects are pending. The numbers are contained in the chamber’s August 2014 newsletter, distributed to members this week. The number of new jobs created through the completed projects is 469, the chamber says, with 916 more jobs pending should all the projects in the works come to fruition. The new annual payroll amounts to $24.3 million, the chamber says. Retained jobs...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien NILES, Ohio -- The owner and operator of two wastewater injection wells in Weathersfield Township describes the small earthquake recorded near one as a "total nonevent," as business proceeds as usual at the site. Meantime, new evidence shows that more than 60 small earthquakes occurred in March near a drilling operation in Poland Township, according to documents requested from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. "Whatever is taking place is meaningless," says Ron Klingle, chairman of Avalon Holdings Corp.,...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- A company housed in the South Bridge Executive Park whose growth over the last five years has slipped under the radar is now tracked by one of the nation's top business watchers. Cogistix LLC, a company that resells and codes management software for manufacturers, was recently named to the Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000, placing it among the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. "We're one of the fastest growing companies in America, and this is a great base for that," remarks...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Fred Martin seems to have made a new friend, Marilyn, at the car dealership that bears his name. “You’re more beautiful than Marilyn Monroe,” he remarked as he held the pup, a Siberian huskie/German shepherd mix. Marilyn was among the guests -- canine, feline and human -- for an event Wednesday at Fred Martin Ford Mercedes Benz, during which Martin, president and owner of the dealership, presented a $12,000 check to Angels for Animals. The dealership donated $25 for each new and used car and...

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